Medal of Honor recipient to speak as part of MU Veterans Week

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A Medal of Honor recipient who former President Barack Obama called, "an American we can all be grateful for," will speak at Jesse Auditorium Wednesday night as part of MU Veterans Week.

Army Capt. Florent Groberg was honored for his heroics in Afghanistan in 2012. Groberg was serving as a personal security detachment for Task Force Mountain Warrior in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, where he was responsible for the safety of 28 people.

As the patrol approached a small bridge on the morning of Aug. 8, 2012, Groberg spotted a man walking suspiciously toward the patrol. Groberg approached the man and discovered he was wearing a suicide vest. Groberg then tackled the man to the ground away from the patrol. While on the ground, the suicide vest detonated, causing a second suicide bomber's vest to detonate prematurely.

Sixteen soldiers were injured, and four army personnel died in the attack. According to the Army's website, Groberg "disrupted both bombers from detonating as planned, saving the majority of lives he was charged with protecting."

Groberg lived and suffered the loss of 45-50 percent of his left calf muscle with significant nerve damage, a blown eardrum and mild traumatic brain injury. President Barack Obama awarded Groberg a Medal of Honor during a Nov. 12, 2015 ceremony.

Groberg will visit the MU Veterans Center to speak with student veterans at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. His speech at Jesse Hall is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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